RLWC2021 – Samoa v Greece: Team news, how to watch on TV & predictions

Josh McAllister
Samoa v Greece

Everything you need to know – Samoa v Greece.

Both sides head into this clash having lost their opening games of the World Cup in England.

Greece are featuring in their first-ever World Cup and impressed in their defeat to France, with a 34-12 scoreline in Doncaster.

Meanwhile, the star-studded Samoa squad were shocked 60-6 by England at the opening game of the tournament inside Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

Match details

  • Samoa v Greece
  • Date: Sunday 23rd October
  • Kick-off time: 5pm
  • Venue: Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster
  • Group A

Samoa v Greece team news

Samoa 19-man squad: 1. Joseph Sua’ali’i, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 8. Josh Papali’i, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Ligi Sao, 12. Jaydn Su’a, 13. Josh Aloiai, 15. Royce Hunt, 16. Spencer Leniu, 17. Martin Taupau, 19. Mat Feagai, 20. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 21. Fa’amanu Brown, 23. Oregon Kaufusi, 25. Tim Lafai, 26. Ken Sio.

Greece 19-man squad: 1. Chaise Robinson, 2. Siteni Taukamo, 3. Terry Constantinou, 4. Nick Mougious, 5. Johnny Mitsias, 6. Lachlan Ilias, 8. Robert Tuliatu, 9. Peter Mamouzelos, 10. Stefanos Bastas, 12. Nikolaos Bosmos, 13. Billy Magoulias, 14. Jake Kabmos, 15. Myles Gal, 16. Sebastien Sell, 17. Theodoros Nianiakas, 19. Liam Sue-Tin, 20. Ioannis Nake, 23. Nikolaos Bosmis, 25. Adam Vrahnos. 

What the two camps are saying

Jarome Luai told Love Rugby League after last week’s loss: “We don’t know too much about Greece. I think in every game that we’re going to play, we’ve got to focus on ourselves and get better with our combinations and hopefully get a lot more training sessions throughout the week. We haven’t had too many, so we’ll get into that and bounce against Greece.”

Greece captain Jordan Meads said: “Six months ago rugby league was illegal in our own country.

“I think the Rugby League World Cup has come across at a perfect time. Although we want to do ourselves proud, we’ve got an amazing opportunity to springboard rugby league in our own country. We’ve got no doubt that this event is going to allow us to do that.”

How can I watch the game on TV?

Every game across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup tournaments is being broadcast by the BBC.

Samoa v Greece will be live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and BBC Sport Online. 

READ: How to watch every Rugby League World Cup game on the BBC

Odds and predictions

As expected, Samoa are massive favourites going into this one with bookmakers Planet Sport Bet. Their squad includes a line-up of NRL superstars, who will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing opening performance. Greece are priced at 33/1, but it might be worth keeping your money in your pocket for this one.

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